The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones.
HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series.
Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must...and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
©2011 George R. R. Martin (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A Game of Thrones grabs hold and won’t let go. It’s brilliant." (Robert Jordan)
"Colossal, staggering... Martin captures all the intoxicating complexity of the Wars of the Roses or Imperial Rome in his imaginary world...one of the greats of fantasy literature." (SFX)
"Fantasy literature has never shied away from grandeur, but the sheer-mind-boggling scope of this epic has sent other fantasy writers away shaking their heads… Its ambition: to construct the Twelve Caesars of fantasy fiction, with characters so venomous they could eat the Borgias." (Guardian)
great book one of the best i have ever read, probably the only one as well
Started reading this and struggled to dig in initially. After hearing friends reviews jumped back in and was quickly swept up. Have thoroughly enjoyed the story development, the strategic / or lack there of moves of the lords and leaders, sadly nobility is possibly rewarded as much in this story as in the real world overall well done Mr Martin & to those who turn it aside because of its slow start give it another go & try not to think of it as just another medieval tale.
I think that the audio gives it more life - Roy Dotrice is a phenomenal narrator - his many voices brought the book to life for me. The only reason for buying the book as well, was to be able to read when I lay in bed. I started believing these were real people, because of Roy's narration.
The characters are complex and realistic - I wondered at times if this was fact or fiction. The descriptions of scene and character enables one to create strong visual images of the text.
Tyrion Lannister by far - he is the most charming character of all. Love his determination, courage and wicked sense of humour.
Most definitely - but of course we can't always have what we want.
This is a "read" you will never regret!
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
What everybody else saids about this book and the series in one way or another true. I believe if you are into fantasy fiction then this will not disappoint.
Long, involved, riveting
Everything. The story has a cast of THOUSANDS but everybody is well crafted.
Honestly? I would never be able to sit and read a book this long - I would cheat and read only the chapters about my favourite characters. Roy's voice is calming and a pleasure to listen to and you barely notice the passage of time.
Yes. I listen in the car on my way to and from work. I have to FORCE myself to bookmark and go to the office. I nearly missed a meeting once as I wanted to listen to the next bit.
I know the book is long and the audio needs to be split for ease of download. HOWEVER, it would be SO NICE if the splits took place at the end of chapters. It is REALLY ANNOYING when the audio stops half way through a conversation.
It's amongst the best I've listened too.
An intriguing story with interesting characters and extremely well narrated
Really enjoying this read.
Roy Dotrice's voice and vision add so much depth to what is one of the greatest epic fantasy series to date. Having originally enjoyed the novels and wanting to approach from a different angle, this revisit is putting new flavour to my recollections and I'm discovering nuances previously unnoticed.
My only disappointment is a small one. Roy is not consistent with the accents he uses. It may simply be a technique he uses to make a character stand out however family groupings and sovereign peoples generally speak the same-ish. Only a small point though.
If you are looking to dive head first into the worlds of George RR then wait no further. If you haven’t read the books don’t let that worry you. If you are like me and simply want to revisit an old friend, then you won’t regret it.*
(*usual disclaimers apply).
Apart from a very good narator, the story in the first book doesn't take too long to start building some momentum. Characters are well rounded and very detailed. Scenery is also very well painted and easily takes you on a journey to a fantasy world.
John Snow is hard to place in the future of this series, but being the outcast, he immediately gets your attention as someone who will play a main role in the future books.
The performance by the narator is excellent. If Spielberg had to cast someone himself, I don't think he could have chosen someone more apt. Just listening to Roy's first few sentences immediately sketches the scenery and characters supberbly.
Win or die in the game of thrones.
It is in the top half
Tyrrien - He is an intelligent character who seems to have a good moral compass and he also provides a lot of comic relief
This story has not yet reached any great heights, there are a lot of long conversations and plots to follow. It is not action packed, but has enough to keep me interested
Author of My Zombie Dog
This is one story where I think I'd like to also read the print version, but thoroughly enjoyed the audio.
How could you pick one favourite character? The novel delves so deeply into each character, they are well rounded and all have flaws and strengths. I wavered between loving and hating every single character. The dwarf was especially endearing.
Wonderful reader. I've listened to a lot of audiobooks and the reader can easily distract or ruin a book. This reader has a wonderful voice for fantasy and epic tales and depicted the characters well.
"This might be a good book..."
... buit I can't tell because the narrating was so bad I couldn't finish it.
Also, this book shouldn't be sold in two parts - that's not how the print version is sold.
I suggest that you only get the first part and if you can stand the reader, then get eh second part :)
"Great and compelling listening"
Some reviewers have criticised Dotrice's narration, but personally I am thoroughly enjoying it. Some great characterisation and pathos. It rolls along nicely and, having loved to televisation, I've loved hearing more of Martin's creation. Buy, listen and enjoy.
"Good book, problematic reader"
This is an excellent book about which much has already been said, so instead I'll add my ten pence to the complaints about the reader. Roy Dotrice is fine when he's just reading the text with his natural voice, but like many readers he does voices when a character is speaking. Most are okay, but some really aren't, in fact some are so awful they very nearly spoil the book. Particularly bad are Tyrion Lannister, who goes from sounding like Alan Bennett to a welshman during the course of this book, and Varys, who has a truly revolving slurping voice which made me feel ill. There are several other poorly done voices too unfortunately.
The story is great, but at times I struggled to stick with it due to Roy's poorly chosen character voices.
"Oh dear the narration really lets this down"
I know there are a lot of characters to remember but Roy really doesn't do the book justice. The accents are odd and change wildly. Names are also repeatedly mispronounced.
it is also a bit cheeky making folk pay twice for the same book.
this is my first experience with audible and I'm not sure I'll continue after the trial period is over.
"Book1/part1x2 parts; Confused when this ended?!"
Ok... didn't click with the Book 1 having been split and DOWNLOADING in 2 parts - not the only one it appears from other reviewers and there being a 2nd part of this book 1 of the Saga collection for "A Song Of Fire & Ice".
I have the first FOUR books [not Audible... but books as in written words] in paperback [clue?] and wanted the Audible versions to listen to while away and so not having to lug the books around with me. I prefer the books to the Audible as I'm not that keen on Roy Dotrices' rendition of the characters turning into Welsh or Irish... or even Cornish possibly... at times. Oh Well! Guess it's something you have to endure with these renditions. Once I got over that and settled in to 'listening' it was becoming enjoyable - until 2nd part of Book 1 part 1 ended. Now to get Part 2 of Book 1 - so possibly will appear in my library as 4 'books' or should that be 'booklets'?
BIG, BIG, BIG COMPLAINT: As has been mentioned by other devotees of this grand Saga of a tale... WHERE IS BOOK 4 "A Feast For Crows"??? Is it EVER going to appear? Is Audible listening to the customers complaining about this? Why has book 5 been made available BEFORE book 4???
"A Game of Thrones"
I'd been told how good the Sky version was so decided to read the book, however, as I suffer with depression and a sad consequence of that is 'losing' the ability to focus on reading, I thought I'd try the audio book.
Roy Dotrice is perfect, his soft, yet strong voice, is compelling, and his voice characterisations are consistant, unlike some othe audio books.
I would strongly recommend this book...
"Ruined by the worst narration I have ever heard"
I had to work really hard to get any enjoyment out of this. The story is great but the narration is beyond bad. You can literally hear the narrator getting to the end of a line, pausing and picking up at the beginning of the next. If I had a 3 three year old they could do better.
Please tell me that they have changed the narrator for the other books in the series........
"best book I've never read"
tyrion is better in the series but what an amazing book. will read the sequel
Read it, watched it, now listened to it. I love this series so much. I just hope Mr Martin finishes the books with the same passion as he started them, before he got lured by the fancy glamour of massive TV production budgets.
"Great story, terrible narration."
The story line is exactly as good as I expected to be and the writing is good, particularly considering the style/type of books this series is.
From the first word, I found the narrators voice irritating, although I persevered and eventually tolerated it. There are frequent examples of him pronouncing a name one way, then another, and their is no consistency in his pronunciation. He manages to mostly stick with the same accents for most characters, but the portrayal of Tyrion's voice is borderline offensive. Many of the Lannisters have Welsh accents, which is fine, however a couple of the major characters from the family do not and this is off putting. The portrayal of women is horrible, shrill and disrespectful in every way. I looked up the narrator and found that, in general, people love him and his bizarre style. I don't understand that in the slightest and only continued with the book because I had wanted to listen to it so badly. If this had been a less famous title I would have returned in at the first chapter.
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